Tokyo 2020 marathon, walking races are rescheduled after moving in Sapporo

TOKYO (Reuters) – The women's marathon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and all races have been rescheduled, following a controversial decision made in October to move events out of hand. $ 800 km north to the city of Sapporo.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a simple yukata, or casual summer kimono, walks past the Olympic rings on display in the Nihonbashi district in Tokyo, Japan August 5, 2019. REUTERS / Issei Kato

Organizers of Tokyo 2020 announced their rescheduling on Wednesday, following discussions with the International Olympic Committee and the world track and field, to ease the burden on national Olympic committees and tourism athletes. to northern Japan.

Now means all marathon events and walking races are scheduled to be held on four consecutive days, from August 6 to August 9, with the remaining male marathon running on the last day of Olympics, according to tradition.

The health and well-being of the athletes is always our focus, and the decision to move the marathon and walking competitions to Sapporo shows how serious we are, Chairman of the Olympic Committee. IOC's encouragement, Kirsty Coventry, said in a statement.

Both marathons will start at 7.00 am local time (2200 GMT). The women's marathon is originally set for August 2.

Olympic organizers stunned in October by announcing the marathon, one of the most prestigious events at any Olympics and a particularly beloved person in Japan, will was moved to the northern city of Sapporo to avoid the worst …

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